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Biologists spy on the secret inner life of a cell

The transportation of antibodies from a mother to her newborn child is vital for the development of that child's nascent immune system. Those antibodies, donated by transfer across the placenta before birth or via breast ...

Oct 13, 2008 4.4 / 5 (10) 1

Scientists discover why flies are so hard to swat

(PhysOrg.com) -- Over the past two decades, Michael Dickinson has been interviewed by reporters hundreds of times about his research on the biomechanics of insect flight. One question from the press has always dogged him: ...

Aug 28, 2008 4.2 / 5 (119) 11

Engineers build mini drug-producing biofactories in yeast

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a novel way to churn out large quantities of drugs, including antiplaque toothpaste additives, antibiotics, nicotine, and even morphine, using mini biofactories--in ...

Aug 15, 2008 4.6 / 5 (25) 5

Bioengineers develop 'microscope on a chip'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have turned science fiction into reality with their development of a super-compact high-resolution microscope, small enough to fit on a finger tip. This ...

Jul 28, 2008 4.9 / 5 (58) 4

Stress buildup precedes large Sumatra quakes

The island of Sumatra, Indonesia, has shaken many times with powerful earthquakes since the one that wrought the infamous 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Now, scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Indonesian ...

May 28, 2008 4.8 / 5 (12) 1